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June / July News and Events

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the latest newsletter, with lots of updates about our activities and plans for the summer and beyond. 

We've got some important advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to try and help the situation in Tibet, they haven't had freedom in their own country for decades so this is our chance to help.

Preparations for Dagri Rinpoche's event are well underway, please book the time off now - Monday 30th July, so you can hear this profound teacher of our tradition. 

We're sorry to say that the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life workshop this weekend is cancelled, but you can still learn about the guidelines as part of our Monday evening meditations. 

And of course, there's the new building! News updates below. 

Much love from the Director, SPC and JBCL team. 

Generating the Mind for Enlightenment

Here is a short excerpt from a teaching by HH Dalai Lama on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, the same text Dagri Rinpoche will be teaching in Leeds in July.

"For those who admire the spiritual ideals of the Eight Verses on Transforming the Mind, it is helpful to recite the following verses for generating the mind for enlightenment. Practicing Buddhists should recite the verses and reflect upon the meaning of the words, while trying to enhance their altruism and compassion. Those of you who are practitioners of other religious traditions can draw from your own spiritual teachings, and try to commit yourselves to cultivating altruistic thoughts in pursuit of the altruistic ideal.

With a wish to free all beings
I shall always go for refuge
to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
until I reach full enlightenment.

Enthused by wisdom and compassion,
today in the Buddha’s presence
I generate the Mind for Full Awakening
for the benefit of all sentient beings.

As long as space endures,
as long as sentient being remain,
until then, may I too remain
and dispel the miseries of the world.

In conclusion, those who like myself, consider themselves to be followers of Buddha, should practice as much as we can. To followers of other religious traditions, I would like to say, “Please practice your own religion seriously and sincerely.” And to non-believers, I request you to try to be warm-hearted. I ask this of you because these mental attitudes actually bring us happiness. As I have mentioned before, taking care of others actually benefits you."

Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds is celebrating the 83rd birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama this year with shared food and a short film, followed by a Chenrezig puja (chanted prayers) to the Buddha of Compassion. His Holiness is the Spiritual leader of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and loved and respected throughout the world for his tireless work to bring peace, harmony, wisdom and joy to all beings. Visit his website here to see just a small part of his busy schedule.

This celebratory event is open to all who would like to wish His Holiness a happy birthday, whether you are Buddhist, follow another faith, or just appreciate what a great being His Holiness is. You are welcome to join in the puja or just enjoy the opportunity to relax and listen.

Please bring food to share and offerings for the shrine are also welcome (for example cake, sweets or flowers). So we know how many people to expect, register through the Jamyang Leeds website here or email Suggested donation £3.

*We will also be chanting the 'Mantra Promised to Tara' at Jamyang Leeds to fulfil the wishes of HH Dalai Lama between 5pm and 6pm that afternoon. Please scroll down for more information. All welcome.

New Building Update

Many thanks for all your donations and support of dedications/practices. Here's where we are:
  • We're approaching mortgage lenders and it looks positive we'll be able to raise £250,000 (the remainder of what we need) with a high-street bank.
  • Initial talks are underway with the local council about planning permission. 
We should hear back in 2 weeks from both of these areas, then we'll negotiate with the owners to see what we can do. 

It would still be better for us not to have a mortgage, so if you can donate for the project that will help us as we settle into our first years in the building without monthly payments. 


Thanks to those who donated in the past 2 weeks:
  • Pledge of £5,000 from an anonymous donor
  • Pledge of £1,080 from the Centre of Compassion, Liverpool
  • Other donations of £2,705 from anonymous donors & others
See below for more ways you can help. In the meantime, Lama Monlam has provisionally agreed to come over and do the special practices suggested by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (date TBC), his health permitting. And our feng shui expert, Ven. Jampa will be here and teaching at the centre in September, fulfilling the other requirement by Rinpoche. 

This is a big step for Leeds and Buddhism in the north, let's keep the momentum going!

Here are a few ways you can help:

(1) Donate what you can towards the building using this link

(2) Pledge a donation: as we near completion and all planning/surveys turn out ok, you could make your donation then - just let us know how much you can donate now so we can plan a lower mortgage. 

(3) Help us cover the first 5-years of mortgage payments: pledge to donate £5,000 per year for the first five years. We would only need three people donating at this level to cover monthly mortgage payments.

(4) Offer us an interest-free loan. We'd have to work out terms so that both JBCL and you as the lender are happy but this could help us secure the building without paying interest to a bank.

(5) Keep reciting praises to Tara - or any other merit-making activity. I'm sure this is the main reason why we're doing so well!

Contact Kerry if you'd like to discuss these or other options.

Read more about the project here


We Have A New Logo!

Big thanks to Mark Gatter for creating our new logo! Mark has been working hard for months with changes here and there, and we now have the final version. The logo comes from advice to all FPMT centres given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all the parts have very specific meanings.

We'll be putting together some information about the symbolism soon, and we'll be rolling this out across all our sites and other media in the coming months. 
Owning Your Own Death with Ven. Mary -  Saturday 7 July

How we deal with death is an expression of our wisdom, courage and compassion. Preparing ourselves with the necessary knowledge will be of great help in our journey. Tibetan Buddhist nun Ven. Mary Reavey will help us to explore the Buddhist approach to death, highlighting the benefits of wisdom and the methods which can help us to embrace and own our own death. You don’t need to be a Buddhist to attend this workshop, just an interest in the Tibetan Buddhist approach to death and dying. Everyone is welcome. You will come away with practical information and tools that we can put into use straight away. During the workshop, there will be a combination of teaching, discussion, meditation and an opportunity to ask lots of questions.

To find out more about this workshop and Ven. Mary, visit the JBCL website hereTo book email Suggested donation £25.

And here is a beautiful article from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on How to Benefit the Dying and the Dead
JBCL Summer Social Event at Harewood House 

This year's JBCL Summer Social Event is on Thursday 26th July at Harewood House. The morning will start with a visit to see the beautiful sand mandala created by the Tashi Lhunpo monks who are in residence at Harewood House in late July. We will then visit the stupa in the Himalaya Gardens, followed by a shared picnic in the grounds. We will then finish the afternoon off by watching the monks procession and ritual destruction of the sand mandala. This traditional ritual destruction of a beautiful and painstakingly created work of art symbolises the Buddhist notion of impermanence, the transitory nature of all material things.
The schedule for the JBCL Summer Social is as follows: 
11:00 - depart from Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds
11.30 - View the sand mandala in the stables courtyard at Harewood House
12.00 - make our way to the stupa for prayers and silent meditation
12:45 - 13.45 - picnic near the stupa 
14:00 - return to the stables courtyard to watch the monks procession and ritual destruction of the sand mandala
15:00 return to Jamyang Leeds

If you would like to join us for this year's summer social event please email If you require a lift, or can offer a lift, or are making your own way there, please also let us know so we can coordinate this. 

Entry to Harewood House: We have negotiated a special ticket price with Harewood House of £5 per person, which includes entry to the house and garden. This will be collected on the morning before entry to Harewood House. Please bring vegetarian and vegan food for the shared picnic.

Fundraising Event

Not long now until our second annual JBCL Fundraising Sale at the Buttercross in Otley Market Place on Saturday 30th June. Please feel free to bring items to sell, and/or come and buy stuff! We will have a great variety of exciting things on offer. Hoping for good weather, and to raise lots of money as we did last year. See you there.

Back in the Black

You may remember we wrote to you about 4 months ago explaining our financial situation, and concerns about our monthly deficit which could have meant reducing staff hours. 

We're now happy to report that due to making some cutbacks, and the increase in your kind donations via the friends scheme, plus the increase in retreat attendees, we are now making a small surplus each month. 

Well done to all those involved. It means we go from a place of stability into the changes of the future!

Volunteer News

We welcome Marie-Odile as the new secretary of the trustees. M (as we call her for short!) has been helping us with all kinds of admin tasks over the past year and we're so grateful she's now helping us in this important role. 

Also welcome to Danny who is helping us with marketing, especially for the upcoming Dagri Rinpoche event. 

We have three new volunteers in the pipeline for data entry, this is vital for us to claim gift-aid on your donations. Let us know if you can help with this. 

Roles still to fill:
  • Treasurer - the search continues. Would need some skills in finance and about a day a week.
If you'd like to offer some time in any capacity, and join our team, get in touch. We'd be happy to hear from you. 

Invitation to Take Part in Recitation of Mantras
To help fulfil the wishes of HH the Dalai Lama and Support Tibet

At this years Saka Dawa celebrations at the Chenrezig Institute in Australia, Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked FPMT Centres around the world to each recite 50,000 of the ‘Mantra Promised to Tara’ and to offer 500 ‘Four Mandala Offering to Tara’ to help fulfil the holy wishes of HH the Dalai Lama. Lama Zopa said: “This day — the day of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away into parinirvana — I felt we should do something for Tibet, something to help His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s holy wishes succeed quickly, without taking much time. Something to bring about great change in mainland China, in the minds of the members of the government and those who control the politics there. Something for the freedom of Tibet or the freedom of the middle way approach, whatever is best.

To fulfil this request, JBCL Director Kerry Prest will be leading a Chittamani Tara puja on Monday evenings, 8.00pm to 9.30pm on the following dates: 25th June, 2nd July and 9th July to do the ‘Four Mandala Offerings to Tara’. All are welcome to attend.

To fulfil the request for mantra recitations we are asking Dharma students and practitioners at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds and its satellite/study groups to recite the mantras at home (and at the Centre) so collectively we can offer our mantra recitations to HH Dalai Lama in the fulfilment of his wishes to help the people of Tibet and for the Dharma to flourish. Please let us know if you would like to contribute to this special activity by emailing your name to with Mantra Recitation for HH Dalai Lama in the subject.

The end of the recitation period is the 10th July, when we will ask you to send in the number of mantras you have recited and we will pass them on to the FPMT International Office. Please note there is no minimum or maximum amount! 

Please click below for a link to the mantra, the suggested motivation for doing the mantra by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and an audio file of Kerry reciting the mantra to help you with the recitations.

Dharma students and practitioners will also be reciting the mantra for an hour at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds on Friday 6th July 5pm to 6pm, before the birthday celebrations for His Holiness. All welcome.

Here is the file containing the mantra and advice by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Here is the audio recording of the Recitation of Mantra Promised to Tara

Family Retreat at Land of Joy

Please note the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life workshop this weekend has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Get Your Free Mandala Magazine

One of the benefits of being a friend of Jamyang Leeds of £20 per month or more is you'll get the new Mandala Magazine delivered to your door, out next month. 

Here are the full benefits of being a friend:
  • Friends of £12 a month or more get access to our lending library of books, audio, DVD and added to special email list just for friends. 
  • Friends of £20 a month or more enjoy the above plus ‘free’ access to Monday to Thursday classes, plus free Mandala magazine delivered to your address twice a year. 
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Supporting us with a regular donation has become more important than ever, especially as we face uncertain times with our premises in the coming months. 


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